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General H.H. Sri Raj Rajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Narendra Maharaja Shiromani Sir Ganga Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Bikaner.

Photograph Size: 32x20cm.

 
Sri Ganga Singh was born on October 3, 1880, the third and youngest son of His Highness Maharaja Sri Lal Singh, and brother to Sri Dungar Singh. Succeeding his brother on December 16, 1888, he was initially educated privately, then at Mayo College, Ajmer from 1889 to 1894. From 1895 to 1898, he was put under the guidance of Thakur Saheb Lall Singh Ji "Churu" for administrative training, learning administrative work from that of Patwari to that of Prime Minister. Sir Ganga Singh with his son in 1914. For military training, he was sent to Deoli in 1898 and attached to the 42nd Deoli Regiment, which had the reputation of being one of the finest regiments in India under the command of Lt. Col. Bell. During the first World War, he commanded the Bikaner Camel Corps which served in France, Egypt and Palestine. As a ruler, he established a Chief Court in Bikaner, presided over by a Chief Judge who was assisted by two judges. Bikaner was the first State in Rajasthan to take such a step. He announced the establishment of a Representative Assembly in 1913. He later established a High Court with a Chief Justice and two sub-judges by an edict in 1922. Maharaja Ganga Singhji was the first prince in Rajputana to grant full charter of powers to a high court. A life insurance and Endowment Assurance Scheme was introduced for the benefit of the employees. Also, facilities of a saving bank were made available to the people. He was one of the first rulers to introduce through legislation a Sharda Act by which child marriages were stopped. He had a personal gun salute of 19-guns granted in 1918 and a permanent local gun salute of 19-guns granted in 1921. He was the Hon. ADC to HRH The Prince of Wales in 1902, later serving him when he became His Majesty King George V, the King-Emperor, in 1910. A Member of the Central Recruiting Board-India 1917, he represented India at the Imperial War Conference 1917, the Imperial War Cabinet and the Paris Peace Conference 1919 and was Chancellor of the Indian Chamber of Princes from 1920-26. He also represented India as a delegate at the fifth session of the League of Nations in 1924. Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh (middle row, second from the left) in the Imperial War Cabinet, No. 10 Downing Street, 1917. As well, the Maharaja served as Patron of Benares Hindu University and Sri Bharat Dharam Mahamandal, as Vice President of East India Association and the Royal Colonial Institute, a Member of the Indian Gymkhana Club and of the Indian Army Temperance Association, the General Council of Mayo and Daly Colleges, the Indian Society of Oriental Art, the Indian Society-London, the Bombay Natural History Society, and was the first Member of the Indian Red Cross Society. Singh was a famous Indian freemason in his time. He married 1st in July 1897 HH Maharani Vallabhkuver Sahiba of Pratapgarh; she died 19 August 1906. He then married 2ndly HH Maharani Sri Bhatiyaniji Sahiba of Bikamkor and had issue, four sons and two daughters. He died 2 February 1943 in Bombay after a reign of 56 years, aged 62, and was succeeded by his son Sadul Singh.

 
 
 
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H.H. The Maharaja of Jeypore

Photograph Size: 19x24cm. Sheet Size: 27x32cm.

 
 
 
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H.H. Nawab Sir Muhammad Ahmad Ali Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Malerkotla.

Photographed by: Hamilton Studio, Simla. Photograph Size: 23x29cm. Sheet Size: 31x41cm.

 

Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Nawab Sir Muhammad Ahmad ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Malerkotla. Born at Malerkotla, 10th September 1881, second but eldest surviving son of H.H. Nawab Muhammad Ibrahim ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Malerkotla, Education: Aitchison Coll and Punjab Univ, Lahore. Superintendent of the state administration, Regent from 1st February 1905 until his accession. Succeeded on the death of his father on 23rd August 1908. Ascended the musnaid 24th September 1908. Installed by the Lieutenant-Governor of the Punjab, at the Sheesh Mahal Palace, Malerkotla, 5th January 1909. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, September 1947. Received Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 & 1911), Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron (1937) and Indian Independence (1947) medals. (first) at Malerkotla, 6th August 1898 H.H. Nawab Dulhan Begum Sahiba, daughter of his paternal uncle, Colonel Khan Sahib Muhammad Inayat ‘Ali Khan. H.H. Nawab Malika Zamani Begum Sahiba, a cousin of Major-General H.H. ‘Ali Jah, Farzand-i-Dilpazir-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia, Mukhlis ud-Daula, Nasir ul-Mulk, Amir ul-Umara, Nawab Syed Sir Muhammad Raza ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Mustaid Jang, Nawab of Rampur. H.H. Nawab Murtaza Begum Sahiba, elder daughter of Khan Sahib Anwar Khan, of the Malerkotla family. (fourth) H.H. Nawab Ruqaiya Begum Sahiba, younger daughter of Khan Sahib Anwar Khan, of the Malerkotla family. Died on 16th October 1947, having had issue, six sons and four daughters.

 
 
 
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H.H. Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir at Delhi Durbar 1903.

Photograph Size: 18.2x28.2cm.

 

Lieutenant-General H.H. Shriman Rajrajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Shri Pratap Singhji, Indar Mahindar Bahadur, Sipar-i-Sultanat, Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, GCSI (25.5.1892), GCIE (12.12.1911), GBE (m 1.1.1918). Born at Riasi on 18th July 1848, eldest son of General H.H. Shriman Rajrajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Shri Ranbir Singhji, Indar Mahindar Bahadur, Sipar-i-Sultanat, Mushir-i-Khas-i-Kaiser-i-Hind, Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, by his first wife, H.H. Sibei Maharani Subh Devi Sahiba, privately educated. Succeeded on the death of his father, 12th September 1885. Ascended the gadi, at Jammu, 25th September 1885. Deprived of his ruling powers and a Council of Administration appointed to administer the state, 17th April 1889-1898. Granted a personal salute of 21-guns, in recognition of the war services of his troops, 1st January 1918  Hon. LL.D. (Punjab Univ. 1917). Received: DGBStJ (17.3.1916), Prince of Wales's gold medal (1876), KIH gold medal (1877), and Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 and 1911). He died at Srinagar, on 23rd September 1925 (succ. by his nephew), having had issue, one son and one daughter.

 
 
 
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H.H. Raja Sri Brahdamba Dasa Raja Sir Martanda Bhairava Tondaiman Bahadur, Raja of Pudukkottai.

Photograph Size: 28.5x22cm.

 

H.H. Raja Sri Brahdamba Dasa Raja Sir Martanda Bhairava Tondaiman Bahadur, Raja of Pudukkottai, GCIE (1.1.1913). Born at Pudukkottai, 27th November 1875, third son of M.R. Kolandaswami Pallavarayar Sahib Avargal, by his wife, Mathusri Raja Srimathi Rani Brihadambal Rajammani Bayi Sahib Avargal, eldest daughter and heiress of H.H. Raja Sri Brahdamba Dasa Raja Ramachandra Tondaiman Bahadur, Raja of Pudukkottai. Adopted by his maternal grandfather and invested as Heir Apparent with the title of Sri Rajkumar Martanda Bhairava Tondaiman Bahadur, 2nd March 1877. Succeeded on the death of his adopted father, 15th April 1886. Installed on the gadi at Pudukkottai, 8th July 1886. Reigned under a Council of Regency until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers by the Governor of Madras, Lord Wenlock, in person at Pudukkottai, 27th November 1894. Attended the Coronation Durbar at Delhi in 1903 and the Coronation of the King-Emperor George V and Queen-Empress Mary at Westminster Abbey in London in 1911. He lived abroad for several months in the year due to ill health, before deciding to live outside India on a permanent basis in October 1922. Appointed his eldest brother, Rajkumar Vijaya Raghunath Dorai Raja, as the Regent of the state during his absence. Settled in France. Received Delhi Durbar (1903 and 1911), and Coron (1911) gold medals. He died at Cannes, France, 20th November 1967.

 
 
 
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Lieutenant Colonel H.H. Samrajya Bandhvesh Sri Maharaja Sir Venkatesh Raman Ramanuj Prasad Singhji Ju Deo Bahadur, Maharaja of Rewa

Photograph Size: 28.5x22cm.

 

Lieutenant Colonel H.H. Samrajya Bandhvesh Sri Maharaja Sir Venkatesh Raman Ramanuj Prasad Singhji Ju Deo Bahadur, Maharaja of Rewa, GCSI (22.6.1897). Born at Rewa Fort, 14th July 1876, second son of H.H. Samrajya Bandhvesh Sri Maharaja Sir Raghuraj Singhji Ju Deo Bahadur, Maharaja of Rewa, GCSI, privately educated. Became Heir Apparent at birth and invested with the title of Sri Yuvraj Maharajkumar Venkatesh Raman Ramanuj Prasad Singhji Ju Deo Sahib Bahadur. Succeeded on the death of his father, 4th February 1880. Installed, 8th October 1880 and reigned under a Council of Regency until he came of age. Invested with full ruling powers, 15th November 1895. Attended the Coronation Durbar at Delhi in 1903. Contributed greatly towards the War Effort during the Great War, including the provision of the "Solanki Squadron" of the Army Air Service. Hon Lieut-Col. IA 1/1/1915. A great patron of the arts and learning, like his father and grandfather before him. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar medals (1903 and 1911). (first) at Dumraon, 22nd February 1892, H.H. Samrajya Bandhveshwari Sri Ujjaimin Maharani Shivraji Kumari Sahiba (died 16th August 1917), daughter of H.H. Maharaja Sir Radha Prasad Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Dumraon, KCIE, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Beni Prasad Kunwar Sahiba. (second) at Ratlam, 9th February 1896, H.H. Samrajya Bandhveshwari Sri Rathorin Maharani Gulab Kumari Sahiba (died March 1913), eldest daughter of H.H. Raja Shri Sir Ranjit Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Ratlam, KCIE, by his first wife H.H. Maharani Ba Shri Rajkunverba Sahiba, the eldest daughter of H.H. Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Sir Mansinhji II Ranmalsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharana Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra. (third) 1907, H.H. Samrajya Bandhveshwari Sri Pariharin Maharani Kirti Kumari Sahiba (died 1984), daughter of Thakur Sahib Buz Singh Parihar, of Jharapur, Oudh. He died during the influenza epidemic, at Rewa Fort, 31st October 1918, having had issue, three sons and one daughter.

 
 
 
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H.H. Amar Singh Ji, Jammu & Kashmir.

Photograph Size: 18.2x29cm.

 

General Raja Sir Amar Singh, of Basohi, KCSI. Born at Jammu, 14th January 1864  Privately Educated. Granted Basohi in jagir 1868. Page of Honour to the Viceroy, Lord Lytton, at the Imperial Durbar at Delhi in 1877, Civl Member. State Council, 1887-1889, Presedent, State Council 1889-1891 (Vice-President, 1888-1889 & 1891-1905), GOC-in-C Kashmir State Forces 1899-1909, MSC for Army, Police and Telegraph matters 1899-1909, Foreign and Chief Minister 1905-1909, Minister-in-Charge of the Military, Dharmarth, Hunting Grounds and Game Preservation Departments. Member of Civil and Military, Jammu and Kashmir State Clubs. Received KIH gold medal in 1877 and the Delhi Durbar medal 1903. An amateur architect of repute. Married first 7th May 1878, with Rani Sahiba, a lady from the Chib family. Secondly married with in November 1888, another lady from the Chib family. He died from paralysis, at Amar Mahal, Jammu on 26th March 1909, having had issue an only surviving son.

 
 
 
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Lieutenant-General H.H. Maharaja Shrimant Sir Madho Rao Scindia Bahadur of Gwalior

Photographed by: Keturah Collings, London.
Color Photograph. Photograph Size: 33.5x23cm. Sheet Size: 38.5x28cm.

 

Lieutenant-General H.H. Ali Jah, Umdat ul-Umara, Hisam us-Sultanat, Mukhtar ul-Mulk, Azim ul-Iqtidar, Rafi-us-Shan, Wala Shikoh, Muhtasham-i-Dauran, Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Shrimant Sir Madho Rao Scindia Bahadur, Shrinath, Mansur-i-Zaman, Fidvi-i-Hazrat-i-Malika-i-Mua’zzama-i-Rafi-ud-Darja-i-Inglistan, Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior, GCSI (25.5.1895), GCVO (31.12.1902), GBE (c.4.12.1917), KIH 1st Class (23.5.1900). Born at at Lashkar, 20th October 1876, fourth and eldest surviving son of General H.H. Maharaja Shrimant Sir Jayaji Rao Scindia Bahadur, by his fourth wife, H.H. Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Maharani Sakhyabai Raje Sahib Scindia Bahadur, CI. Educated privately. Succeeded on the death of his father 20th June 1886, and reigned under a Council of Regency, until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, 15th December 1894. Granted a personal salute of 21-guns, 12th December 1911. Served in the Tirah expedition 1896, Hon. Col. IA 21/5/1898, served in the Boxer rebellion as Orderly Officer to the GOC British Forces in North China 1901. Attended the Coronation of the King-Emperor Edward VII at Westminster Abbey in Lodnon 1902, Delhi Durbar in 1903, Coronation of the King-Emperor George V in 1911, and Delhi Durbar in 1911. Received: Coronation (1902 & 1911), and Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 & 1911), DGBStJ (25.11.1911), GC of the Order of Philip the Magnanimous of Hesse (24.1.1903). Married (first) at Gwalior, 2nd January 1891 with H.H. Maharani Chinkubai Raje Sahib Scindia, CI (4.6.1928) (died at Bombay on 23rd November 1931), Regent from 5th June 1925 until her death, Colonel-in-Chief 2nd Ali Jah Gwalior Lancers, 1902, daughter of Sardar Madho Rao Balwant Rao Mohite of Satara in the Bombay Presidency. Secondly Married  at Gwalior on 8th May 1913 with H.H. Maharani Gajrabai Raje Sahib Scindia (died at Samudra Mahal, Worli, Bombay on 13th January 1943), Regent and President Council of Regency from 23rd November 1931 to 22nd November 1936, received Silver Jubilee (1935) and Coronation (1937) medals, daughter of Rao Rana Shrimant Satrojirao Vithalrao Rane, Sar Desai of Sankli in Goa, Portuguese India. He died at Paris, France on 5th June 1925, having had issue, one son and one daughter.

 
 
 
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Major H.H. Raja Sir Joginder Sen Bahadur, Raja of Mandi

Photographed by: Laffayte Studio.
Color Photograph. Photograph Size: 19x27.2cm.

 

Major H.H. Raja Sir Joginder Sen Bahadur, 18th Raja of Mandi (1913-1986), son of Mian Kishan Singh Sahib, born on 20th August 1904, K.C.S.I., educated at Queen Mary's College and Aitchison College, Lahore, Indian Ambassador to Brazil 1952-56, Member of Lok Sabha 1957-62, Honorary Lt.-Col. 3rd/17th Dogra Regiment and Bengal Sappers and Miners, married First on 8th February 1923, with H.H. Rani Amrit Kaur, daughter of Col. H.H. Farzand i-Dilband Rasikhul-Itiqad Daulat-i-Inglishia Raja-i-Rajgan Maharaja Sir Jagatjit Singh Bahadur of Kapurthala, and his wife, Rani Kanari. Married 2ndly on 13th May 1930, with Kumari Kusum Kumari, daughter of Kunwar Prithviraj Sinhji of Rajpipla, and had issue two sons and two daughters. He died on 16th June 1986.

 
 
 
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